A Rare James II Oak Court Cupboard

Retaining the original canopy which has a panelled back and well-turned baluster front supports. The centre section has a carved top rail terminating in well-turned pendants, whilst the rail itself is carved with leafy ā€˜Sā€™ scrolls and bearing the initials and date GM 1688. Two cupboard doors, with decoration made up of complicated mitred mouldings, are set either side of a narrow door opening to a narrow compartment.

The bottom section has two working drawers and a narrow panelled door to the right, which opens to a vacant compartment ā€“ perhaps for the storage of maps or plans. Below the drawers are two cupboard doors opening to a shelved interior.

The whole, decorated with run mouldings and being of a very fine colour and patina.

This type of cupboard is normally associated with north Lancashire/Westmorland. In 40 years of dealing in oak, I have only ever seen one other cupboard retaining the original top section, which was back in the 1980s at Sothebys in Chester.

North Lancashire, 1688.

6 feet 5 inches wide, 7 feet 4 inches high, 2 feet deep.

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